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A recent study by Adobe of over 5000 people in the worlds 5 leading economies: United States, England, France, Germany and Japan has revealed that only 1 in 4 people are living up to their creative potential. There are some interesting points: 80% of people feel that Creativity is key to driving economic growth Whilst 50% agree that they are increasingly being expected to think creatively at work 75% say that there is increasing pressure to be productive rather than creative at work 59% feel that creativity is being stifled by the education system – echoing the words of Sir Ken Robinson There were some interesting barriers that people spoke about as a barrier. The biggest surprise to me was that 43% indicated that a lack of money was the biggest challenge to being creative. Isn’t creativity free? Artists are considered highly creative but have one of the lowest per capita incomes around. I fully understand the issue of time (which I have spoken of before) as you have to make time to put the idea into action and make it real. Some other barriers to creativity were: Fear of being judged Finding others to support you I don’t take chances What people wanted most to help them be creative were: Time to think creatively 36% Training to learn and use creative tools 31% An environment to think creatively 30% Tools to create 27% 71% of people also preferred to be by themselves when they create – something to think about next time you head into a brainstorm session. One thing I like about this study is that it is easy. Thankfully, a study on creativity has been represented, creatively! Easy to read, not much text and plenty of colour. There is always lots of negative and positive feedback about any study such as this and this has been no different. Whatever your thoughts, its a great way to think about how you are trying to encourage innovation and creativity in your company and the one I really like, ‘Are you living up to your creative potential? If not, why...

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I really enjoyed an interview I read where Peter Cook was interviewing Professor Adrian Furnham. For me, it was great to read an an article that was low on jargon and trademarked and what I see as the bulls#*t factor. Unlike a lot of academics work on creativity and innovation he speaks simply and realistically.He also acknowledges the hard work (as with any success) involved in developing a culture of innovation. There was a nice sum list at the end the summed up the his view on encouraging personal creativity. Read the article, it’s great. Furnham’s top creativity tips PK: Given that creativity may be necessary but insufficient for an innovative enterprise, I asked Professor Furnham for his top tips to encourage personal creativity at work, learning and play: AF : Here are ten simple but important ideas: Sleep on it:  Come back to problems and issues.  Let them fall fallow for a bit; stew; incubate.  Revisit them when it suits. Read widely: Talk to all sorts of experts.  Get outside your box. Talk to people who think about things differently from you. Don’t give up:  Persistence is the key.  Most attempts fail.  Breakthroughs are rare. Take a Risk: Fear of failure, humiliation, teasing and abuse are natural enemies of creativity.  Go on – play with hunches and tentative ideas.  Break the rules.  Take courage. Piggy back:  Take others’ work and take it further.  Put things together which do not fit. Identify peak times and conditions:  Work out when and where you are at your best for idea generation and refinement.  Set aside these times for those activities. Record your flashes:  Have a place and method to record all ideas – some worth revisiting and incubation. Build your particular expertise/skill/knowledge: creativity is always skill based.  Get to the cutting edge of your chosen area…..there is no substitute for this. Question and Probe the obvious:  Take little for granted; turn things upside down; celebrate similarities and differences. Lighten up:  Be playful; use humour; have a sense of the absurd and the ridiculous....

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A great book has been written recently by Susan Cain called the “QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”. It has triggered of a rash of debate/feedback/emotions (nothing quiet there!) about brainstorming/group work/collaboration and creativity in general. There are three articles that I read that are worth a look that explore this topic: The brainstorming process is B.S. But can we rework it?  The fortunes of Solitude: Susan Cain on Introverts, The “New Groupthink”, And The Problems With Brainstorming Does Solitude Enhance Creativity? A Critique of Susan Cain’s Attack on Collaboration My thoughts after reading the articles and Susan’s work are that I am somewhat of a fence sitter. I take this position both as a practicing artist/creative practitioner (I think is the current term of phrase) and a business owner where creativity and people are our business. Those thoughts are: The great thing about being people is that we are all unique and different. What applies to one wont necessarily apply to the other. That’s what makes us cool. Great things happen when people collaborate and spend time by themselves. Coming to this argument with my artists hat on, great moments of creativity happen when you are alone in the studio. Playing undisturbed with your art is fantastic. Given that, you also need stimulus from the outside world to keep feeding this creativity going and developing and get some new energy going. Collaborating on art projects is fantastic as you get to mix and mash plenty of ideas together and you also get great feedback on what you are creating. As a business owner in the field of creativity, I cant wait it share ideas with the team and get their ideas and mix into a huge hotpot of creativity. I could not achieve what we do without this collaboration/sharing/feedback. Spending time by myself however gives great time for contemplation and review and when the mind rests, plenty of ideas are unlocked from the subconscious. Plane trips are great for this. If you have an ultra busy life, always being disturbed by phone calls or a household of young kids, these quiet times are ideal on both a personal and a professional level. Brainstorming is potentially crap and potentially great. It depends on how these are run, the environment, the expectations, the leaders of the ‘storm’, the energy and dynamics in both the team and the organisation, how the information is captured. You have to find what works best for you and your team. Try different things, be open to feedback, listen and see and the best way to work will be easily...

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I have spent the last 5 years working with people in organisations to unleash their natural creativity after a lifetime of practicing it myself. In many ways, this translates to coming up with better ideas, fresh solutions and innovative products. mu legend items for sale One of the things I always teach is to take a walk and open your eyes to what you see and relate this to your problem. The moment you move, you change your energy. The moment you change your environment and open your eyes, you bring in fresh stimulus. As I always share, the key is putting it into practice. Visualfunk is currently working with a business partner on some some new work we are doing. I had a list of ideas that I was being asked to come up with content for. One particular idea had me stumped for about 2 weeks. I had thought about it a lot but wasn’t getting anywhere. What was the problem? I was doing all of the thinking at my desk whilst looking at the same stuff. adidas original So, time to practice what I preach. All it took was a 5 min walk from the security clearance at the airport to an Airline lounge. The airport is full of stimulus. Lots of advertising, bright colours, sound, people, clothes, brands, food. Once I REALLY looked, it started to trigger my brain to think in different ways as I connected my problem to what I was seeing. The ideas started to flow. I wrote down loads of information. Once I sat down in the lounge, I continued to look around, see, connect and write the first thing that came into my head. In 10 minutes, I came up with more ideas on this particular problem than I did in 2 weeks of trying to solve it at my desk. If that isn’t improved productivity, I don’t know what is and it was soooooooooooo easy. We are hard wired to be creative. To unleash it, Try anything Most importantly, try something Move Change the stimulus around you Don’t judge what you are doing up front, wait a while Enjoy the...

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The Creative Process: What An Artist Can Teach Us I was at an art gallery this week doing some research for a program we are running. I absolutely love spending time in galleries. I find them so inspiring not only as an artist but also for the sheer amount of self-expression that you see. We were all created with the ability and need to express ourselves (but that is another post) I came across this explanation of the inspiration of a Jeffrey Smart painting Central Station II and I thought it really summed up the creative process well. His words about the background to the painting were: “In the morning, a friend took me for a tour around those strange parts – strange architecturally – in Sydney. We went to Glebe, Annandale….. then Balmain and the houses on the water there, and Leichardt finally. By this time my imagination was stirred to such an extent that when Michael Ramsden, who drove, stopped near Central Station to run off and buy a paper, I saw him and those hoardings in such a way that I thought I should like to have it forever…it was a moment of hallucinatory beauty”. The notes for the painting went on to say ‘Returning to the spot early the next morning, Smart made a number of sketches and drawings from which he developed the final painting when he returned to Italy’  Smart stirred his creativity that day. He stirred it mightily and then most importantly, he went and acted on it. How did he stir it? He really opened his eyes to all that was around him. He thought about the world around him in a different way. We could even say his thinking/actions was out of the box (or out of the studio). He provided his mind with a whole load of stimulus and freshness. He didn’t just look at one building. He looked at loads. He moved. He didn’t restrict his stimulus to a conversation, a text book or a meeting room. He moved and engaged with his environment. All of these things stirred his imagination. Importantly, he was open to it being stirred. He was open to being inspired. He was a sponge ready to soak it all up. He then did something about it. He could have so easily not gone back in the morning. He would have had to change his plans, miss appointments etc. but he went and did it and harnessed his creative drive at the moment. For me, it sums up the creative process really well. You have to allow your imagination to be stirred. You do...

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I read a great and very simple article today on creativity. parajumpers gobi No techniques, no brain scans, no lectures, no expensive tools or books, just the simple act of making time. Josh Linkener says “In fact, very few people actually schedule time to think, create, and invent. But those that do are the ones that make history” Click here to read the full article. Creativity is really simple because it’s natural. Kicking your creativity into gear is really simple as well. Doudoune Parajumpers The challenge is actually making it happen. I have spoken about creativity being a question of time before. Even though Visualfunk is in the business of creativity, I will follow Josh’s 5% challenge and see where it goes and report back. I am already looking forward to...

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